DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Galveston Beach, a contemporary five-story, 97-room hotel located in the heart of the island’s teeming dining and entertainment districts and overlooking the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Formerly the Galveston Beach Hotel, the property has concluded a multi-million dollar renovation that includes a total redesign of the lobby, food and beverage outlets, public spaces, meeting and event areas and guest rooms, as well as new furniture and décor throughout the hotel. Marking DoubleTree by Hilton’s first hotel in Galveston, the hotel is owned by 17th Street Properties, LLC and managed by Houston-based American Liberty Hospitality.
“Galveston Beach is an idyllic destination, and a perfect location for our newest DoubleTree by Hilton property in the Lone Star State,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “Guests at this beautiful beachside hotel can expect the world-class service and ‘little things’ that have helped build our global reputation, beginning with the warm chocolate chip cookie welcome we offer to each guest at check-in.”
The Mantra Samui Resort is about to undergo a major transformation. The boutique hotel on Thailand’s Koh Samui is not only gaining a new owner, it’s getting an entirely new hospitality group at the helm.
Louis T Collection (Louis T) recently acquired the property as the first milestone in its ambitious plan to build an expansive, curated portfolio. The innovative hospitality and building solutions company will develop Mantra into its first Louis T hotel, a brand synonymous with independent style and local charm.
The hotel group draws its inspiration from Louis T Leonowens, one of the most interesting and revered foreign characters in Thailand during the 19th Century. The avid traveler moved to Bangkok in 1862 as a boy, when his mother took the role of
governess to the King Mongkut’s children. Today, Louis is remembered as a Siamese royal military captain, private
timber-trading magnate and luxury hotelier.
The U.S. hotel industry reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during 2014, according to data from STR, Inc.
Overall, in year-over-year results, the U.S. hotel industry’s occupancy was up 3.6 percent to 64.4 percent; its average daily rate rose 4.6 percent to US$115.32; and its revenue per available room increased 8.3 percent to US$74.28.
“The U.S. hotel industry experienced a great year and ended 2014 on a positive note,” said Amanda Hite, president and COO of STR, Inc. “The year’s performance broke several records thanks to continued strong demand growth.
“ADR and RevPAR for the year were the highest ever recorded by STR, and we expect more growth in 2015,” she added, noting that the company is forecasting a 5.2-percent increase in ADR and a 6.4-percent increase in RevPAR for the year.
Twelve of the Top 25 Markets reported double-digit RevPAR increases. Topping out the list were: Nashville, Tennessee (+19.0 percent to US$84.20); Denver, Colorado (+16.2 percent to US$84.86); and Atlanta, Georgia (+13.1 percent to US$62.66).